Dr. Levi Y. Breuer is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. He provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples and conducts clinical and forensic psychological evaluations. Dr. Breuer earned his Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree in clinical psychology from George Washington University in Washington D.C. He completed his internship at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. He earned his Masters degree in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to being in private practice, Dr. Breuer worked as a forensic psychologist in Maryland at a maximum security forensic hospital – Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center. In addition, he has also worked in a variety of other settings, including, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient mental health centers, and college counseling centers. Dr. Breuer pursued post-doctoral training in couples therapy and is a certified emotionally-focused couples therapist.
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Dr. Marjorie Okum is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. Dr. Okum earned her doctorate in psychology (PhD) from Catholic University of America in Washington DC. Dr. Okum spent many years as the chief of psychology of a state forensic hospital. She specializes in providing psychological assessment for children and adults. She has experience working with children and adults with ADHD and learning disabilities. As part of the evaluation, she assesses the client’s strengths, weaknesses, and needs and then advocates for appropriate accommodations. Dr. Okum also has experience and training in conducting forensic evaluations to provide input on custody matters as well as criminal competency and responsibility.
Dr. Sally Mays is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She completed her post-doctoral training at the counseling center at Loyola University Maryland. She sees individuals (adolescents, emerging adults, and adults) and families for therapy and has expertise in treating anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns as well as many other mental health issues. Dr. Mays also conducts comprehensive psychoeducational and emotional assessments. She employs a therapeutic approach that is tailored to the presenting concern, goals, and personality of each individual client, but often employs a cognitive-behavioral approach that also takes into account the importance of interpersonal relationships and functioning. Dr. Mays focuses on providing a safe and supportive environment and works to help clients identify and reach their own goals with respect for their unique circumstances, cultural background, and beliefs. She believes that choosing therapy is an act of hope and courage that reflects an individual’s innate capacity to grow.
Dr. Michelle Friedman is a licensed psychologist in Maryland, The Common Wealth of Virginia and New York State. She earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at The University at Albany, The State University of New York.
Her clinical work with adults, adolescents and children focuses on struggles with anxiety and depression. She uses play therapy to reveal underlying struggles in children. She has extensive experience working with young adults who are navigating the career development process. Dr. Friedman also assists seniors in transition and those with developmental disabilities, including Asperger’s and Autism. She is skilled in working with people with chronic illness and the care givers who support them. Dr. Friedman’s research explores ethnic identity and its impact on functioning and development. She is comfortable working in multi-cultural settings. She is listed in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
Dr. Neville Galloway-Williams is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She completed an internship as well as a post-doctoral fellowship specializing in PTSD at the VA Maryland Health Care System. Other areas of specialized clinical interest include insomnia, substance use disorder, anxiety and phobias, chronic pain, panic, depression, and life adjustment issues. Dr. Galloway-Williams conducts psychodiagnostic, ADHD, bariatric, and learning disability evaluations with a variety of age groups. She does individual, couples, and group therapy, using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as mindfulness and other cognitive and behavioral approaches to assist her clients to engage in lives that are consistent with their values.
Dr. James Rutledge is a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of Maryland and Virginia. He earned his Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Argosy University in Arlington, Virginia. Given his special interest in working with special needs children and their families, while still in graduate school, he completed a fellowship in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) program at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He completed his doctoral internship at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas as a commissioned officer in the Army. He then worked for several years as a licensed psychologist at Fort Meade before resigning from active duty. He enjoys working with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. He has extensive experience working with individuals challenged by anxiety, PTSD, depression, ADHD, ODD, Personality Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Rutledge has also gained certification as a Prolonged Exposure Therapist which is an evidenced based manualized treatment designed to help individuals suffering from the effects of traumatic experiences.
Dr. Rutledge also performs group therapy and conducts psychological and psycho-educational assessments. Since no one size fits all, Dr. Rutledge uses an integrative approach with elements from cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems orientations to help clients and families harness their strengths and improve their functioning.
Mr. Eric Millman is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland. He earned his Masters in clinical counseling from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. He has extensive training and practice working with individuals struggling with addictions and other mental health issues. He provides psychotherapy in a way that is tailored to each individual, while integrating various theories and styles of practice. He believes that therapy is a one of a kind experience for people looking to change their lives. It is for those looking to be truly alive and to find deeper meaning, joy, creativity, and depth. He works with people to change in work, relationships, anxiety, depression, acting-out or acting-in behavior, and addictions. He additionally helps people find creativity, courage, bravery, embrace pain and sadness, and find greater meaning and joy.
Ms. Rivka Rochkind is licensed in Maryland as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. Having previously worked in the school system, for an outpatient mental health clinic, as well as a comprehensive addictions counseling center, she has experience providing individual, group, couple’s, and family psychotherapy for adolescents and adults suffering from depression/mood disorders, anxiety, trauma/abuse, addiction and substance use, divorce, infidelity, family conflict, relationship issues, self-harming, suicidal ideations, and grief. Additionally, she has done work with clients involving career path, self-esteem/self-confidence, coping skills, life-transitions, among other everyday issues. While the backbone of her work is comprised of theory and techniques from ACT, CBT/REBT, Interpersonal Process Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Existential Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, Psychoeducation, and Solution-Focused Therapy among other modalities, her primary therapy orientation is person-centered, inasmuch as she believes that a strong therapeutic relationship is paramount for client growth. Her passion lies in assisting clients in finding their authentic self and improving their relationships. In individual or couples’ counseling, whether one’s unhappiness stems from mental health issues or life circumstances, it is her goal to aid clients in weeding through their thorns to gain clarity and inner peace.
Ms. Miriam Godfrey is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland. She earned a master’s degree in social work at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and is continuing her training in adult psychoanalysis at the Contemporary Freudian Society in Washington, DC. Ms. Godfrey has worked with adolescents transitioning out of foster care, adults recovering from alcohol and drug use, adolescents and adults in an outpatient mental health setting, and elders. Her work is eclectic, but primarily uses psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy; these approaches focus on helping people gain insight into how past and present experiences, relationships, and decisions have shaped their lives. Ms. Godfrey draws on other therapeutic modalities,including dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and schema-focused therapy, to help people struggling with anxiety, depression, responses to trauma, personality disorders, and drug and alcohol use, as well as all of life’s transitions and challenges.
Elise Smithmyer, LCSW-C is a licensed social worker (Maryland license #19678). She earned her Masters degree at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Prior to being in private practice, Elise worked as a psychotherapist, behavioral health specialist, and transgender advocate at Whitman Walker Health. She has a background in nursing and practiced as a Registered Nurse before finding therapy as her calling. She has worked in a variety of settings and is trained in multiple modalities of therapy in order to provide care that is tailored to each individual. Elise has extensive experience working with persons struggling with depression, anxiety, life stressors, trauma, relationship issues, grief, substance abuse, HIV, and/or gender dysphoria. She is committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental space for all individuals to engage in care.
Merrilee Peske, LCMFT, is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and her Masters in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Merrilee provides therapy from a family systems and strength based perspective, utilizing approaches from cognitive behavioral therapy and structural family therapy to address relational issues. She believes in showing clients unconditional positive regard and joining with them to create and achieve their goals. She is experienced in treating clients who struggle with stress, family conflict, parenting issues, life cycle transitions, depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, chronic illness and grief/loss. Merrilee provides individual, couples, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults.